Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 Edition, a revision of D&D Third Edition, published in 2003.

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Are psionics overpowered or especially exploitable?

My DM is very picky about what materials we're allowed to use, pretty much PHB only, and we can't multiclass until level 6. I really like psionics, and would especially like to play a psionic warrior ...
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Is there any benefit to using Total Defense when a character has Combat Expertise?

I can't see any good reason for someone to use Total Defense when they have Combat Expertise. If I understand correctly, using Combat Expertise the character (assuming a BAB of 4 or higher) could ...
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How to deal with combat immediately after entering room through narrow passage

On the first dungeon in my campaign, most rooms have enemies spread throughout them, and as soon as players enter the room, the player heading the party is spotted and combat begins. But said player ...
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Would an Ettin and Otyugh live in the same area?

According to the 3.5 monster manual - Ettins like to establish their lairs in remote, rocky areas. They dwell in dark, underground caves that stink of decaying food and offal. They tolerate ...
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Dispelling contingent magic

If someone casts a Contingency spell triggered by Dispel Magic, will the contingent spell still trigger if an attempt is made to Dispel Magic on the Contingency-caster, or will the Dispel Magic wipe ...
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Feats to allow sneak attacks and critical hits against elementals

Are there any official (as in published by WoTC) feats that allow dealing critical hits and sneak attacks to elementals? I know of Swift Hunter for Scout/Ranger (if elemental is a favored enemy), but ...
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Can any creature elect to make touch attacks or ranged touch attacks?

Can a creature lacking a special ability to make either touch attacks or ranged touch attacks nonetheless make against his foes—without provoking attacks of opportunity—touch attacks or ranged touch ...
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What's the duration of these wild feats?

The Benefit of the Complete Divine wild feat Serpent's Venom says You can spend a usage of wild shape to gain a secondary bite attack (at your base attack bonus −5 and adding 1/2 your Strength ...
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Is there a Pathfinder equivalent to the Ring of Arming?

I wasn't able to find anything, so I was wondering: is there a Pathfinder equivalent to the Ring of Arming from D&D 3.5e, and if so, what book is it from? I don't care if it's not a ring — I'm ...
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How are the Strength mod and LA of Savage Species' anthropomorphic animals determined?

Anthropomorphic animals from Savage species says that attribute modifiers from the race changes depending on size change. I looked up size change in MM1 and I do not see the connection, elephants with ...
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How exactly do I use a Metamagic Rod?

So the section on Rods mentions with its activation that: Activation Details relating to rod use vary from item to item. See the individual descriptions for specifics. The Metamagic Rod ...
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How long can a Bard sing?

Specifically, when using Inspire Courage. The entry for it doesn't mention anything about needing concentration, nor does it list a duration. All of the other entries seem to have their own time ...
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Does this rend deal damage equal to double the creature's Strength modifier?

When a black blood cultist (Champions of Ruin 44-8) gains the special ability feral rage at level 1 that ability says that he gains two claw attacks at your highest base attack bonus. Each claw ...
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Using stance and skill trick together

Can you use the stance dancing spider with the skill trick wall jumper? Trick states you must make a successful climb check.
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Is “moving into the defender's space” analagous with “moving out of a threatened square”?

There are two special attacks that call out "moving into the defender's space"; bull rush and overrun. In the bull rush description, under Initiating a Bull Rush, First, you move into the ...
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Where is the Belt(?) of Shared Space?

I would swear that I've seen an item which allows anyone who has a linked copy to access the same extradimensional space; I'm 99% sure it was published by WotC or Paizo, and I'm 90% sure it was a ...
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How would I go about making a magic item from a Least Warlock Invocation?

I have a vested interest in getting Wild Empathy without anything from class or race, the added bonus of being able to speak to animals is pretty handy as well. What would be the cost for a custom ...
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Does spontaneously mean without preparation?

The bard, the sorcerer, and other classes like the spellthief (Complete Adventurer 13-20) and the favored soul (Complete Divine 6-10) cast spells without preparation. A cleric that channels negative ...
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Low-Light, Darkvision and nightfall

I can't seen to find the relevant rules to make this clear for me: low-light vision specifies that its bearers can "see twice as far" as a human in conditions including moonlight and starlight, and ...
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Can you trip as part of a Tome of Battle Maneuver?

If a ToB Maneuver such as Daunting Strike calls for a melee Attack as part of the maneuver, can this melee attack be resolved as a trip attack/include a trip attempt?
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How do I deal with a DM who restricts my character options?

This is my third campaign with a DM. He enforces these rules: Only races from PHB 1 are permitted Only classes from PHB 1 are permitted at 1st level Cross-Classing is not permitted until 6th level ...
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Can Snow Tiger Berserker let me charge past someone and full attack them?

Pounce lets me make a full attack in the end of a charge. Dive Attack works like a charge. Flyby Attack lets me take a move action, including a dive and a standard action. I must be ...
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Fireball Caster Level

The Fireball description says: A fireball spell is an explosion of flame that detonates with a low roar and deals 1d6 points of fire damage per caster level (maximum 10d6) to every creature within ...
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Can anyone in Eberron qualify for the Bind Elemental feat, or only Zilargo gnomes?

In the Eberron Campaign Setting, it says that the only ones capable of elemental binding are the gnomes of Zilargo. However, in the same book, the only requirement for the Bind Elemental feat is a ...
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Does a feat's size prerequisite include smaller sizes?

The Player's Handbook on Prerequisites says that Some feats have prerequisites. Your character must have the indicated ability score, class feature, feat, skill, base attack bonus, or other ...
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Turning radius of a flying thing in D&D 3.5

I am trying to turn the 3.5e SRD's degrees-of-turn-per-feet-of-game-movement numbers (such as 45 degrees of turn per 5' of movement with 45 degrees of maximum turn per square for a creature classed ...
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Can the XP loss from the death or dismissal of a Familiar cause you to lose a level?

From the SRD If the familiar dies or is dismissed by the sorcerer, the sorcerer must attempt a DC 15 Fortitude saving throw. Failure means he loses 200 experience points per sorcerer level; ...
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Is a creature that used the 2nd option of Improved Grab grappling or not?

This question is related to another recent one, since I couldn't figure out the answer, even though I had all the resources. Let's have an owlbear character that uses Improved Grab after successfully ...
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Does having improved grab allow a character to deal unarmed strike + natural attack damage?

The SRD for improved grab states (emphasis mine): If a creature with this special attack hits with a melee weapon (usually a claw or bite attack), it deals normal damage and attempts to start ...
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Any precedent for combining a halberd with a wizard's staff?

I'm running a traditional D&D 3.5E game. One of my players, a Ftr/Wiz/Eldritch Knight, uses a halberd as his primary weapon. He wants to know if he takes both the Craft Magic Arms & Armor feat ...
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How to capitalise on high Charisma in a melee build?

I'm building a Knight Commander. I want him to be a melee support character, passively improving the performance of his party by auras, a fair deal of tankiness and a reasonable damage dealing ...
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Can the 'wild' modifier be applied to non-armor items, such as enchanted cloaks or jewelry?

D&D 3.x has the "wild" modifier specified for armor and shields that causes its base AC bonus and any enhancement-type bonus (such as magical AC bonuses and/or ability score bonuses) to be applied ...
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Slashing with Short Swords

Can a short sword be used to deal slashing damage? The Weapons Table seems to list short swords as having only the damage type of piercing, and lacking the slashing damage type. However, this ...
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How to build a knight commander?

I would like to build a character for D&D 3 ed (3.5 acceptable too). My intention is to build a heavy-armored melee combatant who would be able to withstand some punishment, deal some damage and ...
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Type changes confusing

So it goes like this: I am using the ghost template. I acquired the undead type. After this I applied the template Divine minion which states: Size and Type: The creature's type changes to ...
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Is there a class in D&D 3.5e similar to the 4e warden?

I've fallen in love with the idea of a goliath warden. I want to use things like minor shapeshifting, nature powers, and martial skill to murder monsters and take their stuff, but I want to do that in ...
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Ultimate Magus Question (3.5)

I'm making a Beguiler 1/Wizard 4/Ultimate Magus X. Using the practiced spellcaster feat, I can make sure that levels 1 and 4 of UM count towards my wizard class. However, at level 7 of UM, the ...
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If leave the Astral Plane do my magic items get weaker?

So the party traveled to the Astral Plane and found this old underground temple that is full of kids living in there. They have some really powerful magical weapons (they don't even know what they are ...
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What monsters are depicted in D&D 3E's Iconic novel, “Oath of Nerull”?

Although T. H. Lain's books frequently don't reveal the names of the monsters and spells they feature, they seem to all be sourced directly from rule books, and I've generally been able to use the ...
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What is the relevance of Flame Blade being “wielded like a Scimitar”?

In the description of the Flame Blade spell, it is mentioned that You wield this bladelike beam as if it were a scimitar. What is the relevance of that? Does it mean that since my Druid is a ...
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How do factotums interact with truespeak?

I see that a truespeaker's caster level = their ranks in truespeak -3, does this mean that if a factotum found a lexicon he could learn those utterence based on the classes progression?
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How do I determine how many encounters a dungeon should contain? [closed]

It's come to the point in our game where the party is going to enter the first major dungeon. They started higher level, around level 8, and we have a variable of 5-8 players. The last 3 coming depend ...
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Improved grab and moving a creature without grapple check

Improved Grab from The MM, page 310 states: When a creature gets a hold after an improved grab attack, it pulls the opponent into its space. This act does not provoke attacks of opportunity. ...
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Can a Duskblade channel Magic Weapon?

Can a duskblade use his Arcane Channeling ability to channel the spell magic weapon? I haven't found this dealt with anywhere.
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Countermeasures against a Diplomancer

A character with 40+ to social skillchecks is always a problem, moreso in a PvP campaign. True, Diplomacy is only so useful against PCs, but there are also Bluff and, especially, Intimidate. Those two ...
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Improved Grab and multiple Natural Weapons

Let us take a tiger as an example of a creature having solid chances of making full attack with multiple Natural Weapons each of which may be used to trigger Improved Grab. Let us also assume it hits ...
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Does grappling cause bludgeoning damage?

According to the grapple rules in the SRD: ...you deal damage to the target as if with an unarmed strike. When you look at the weapons table for unarmed strike you see: Would that mean ...
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What does it mean that clans have differing numbers of unique feats?

In Oriental Adventures for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition and that text's update to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5, the Dragon #318 article “Oriental Adventures Update: Eastern Flavor” (32-48), ...
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Adamantine vs adamantine

So other discussions got me thinking in circles. Special materials of 3.5 DND say adamantine weapons bypass hardness less than 20. Adamantine has a hardness 20. How would sundering work between ...
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Alternate raw break DC

Due to events that occurred during my games I had to come up with a DC to break a door. The DMG has some details on this but its max DC was 28 vs str check on an iron door. After doing the normal made ...